BRIDGEWATER — Throughout the night Bridgewater-Raynham kept Barnstable running back Hayden Murphy in check. But when the game was on the line, Murphy picked the perfect time for his longest run of the night, thanks to some help from his offensive line.
With the Red Raiders trailing by 2 and facing a fourth and 1 with 1:02 to play, Barnstable coach Chris Widden called a simple dive play to Murphy hoping to get the first down. Murphy got the first and then some, speeding untouched for a go-ahead 48-yard touchdown that stunned the raucous B-R crowd.
The eighth-ranked Red Raiders converted the 2-point conversion and held on for a 20-14 win over their Old Colony League rivals on Friday night.
With the win Barnstable (5-1, 1-0) is in prime position to clinch the OCL title, needing just a win against Dartmouth next week to be league champs.
“It feels awesome [to get this win],” said Murphy. “Usually this is the game that decides the Old Colony but this year they decided to schedule it before the Dartmouth game but nevertheless it feels great to win because that is always a tough, tough game as it was tonight.”
For No. 5 B-R (4-2, 1-1) it was the third straight year that Barnstable kept the Trojans from the Old Colony title.
“It hurts I have to go in and face 68 kids who played their [butts] off and three years in a row it’s come down to late plays and stuff like that. It stinks,” said B-R coach Dan Buron.
After Barnstable turned the ball over on downs with 3:14 to play it looked like B-R might come away with a victory. But a three-and-out allowed Barnstable to get the ball back at its 23 with 2:43 to play. On the sixth play of the drive Murphy put Barnstable ahead.
“That’s our go-to play, we probably ran it 15 times. The guys up front made the blocks and Hayden saw that cutback and he is tough to beat in the open field,” said Widden.
B-R took a 6-0 advantage in the first quarter on a 10-yard TD run by Brandon Gallagher and Barnstable tied it in the second when Justus Chaffee ran for a 23-yard score.
Barnstable trailed, 14-6, at halftime but the Red Raiders cut the deficit to 2 points when Murphy ran for a 29-yard TD with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
Murphy completed the comeback with under a minute left, giving the Red Raiders a chance to play for the league title.
“We have all kinds of motivation because now we are playing for a league championship. This was the first step and it was a huge rivalry with Bridgewater, but next week we are playing for a league championship,” said Widden.